The Gardendale City Council on Monday approved the city’s yearly budget for 2019.

The council also approved a budget amendment for the current budget in the amount of $97,649 for legal fees and expenses related to the school system.

In other business, the council also:

•read a proclamation naming October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

•approved a resolution to fix mowing costs for 1020 Decatur Highway at $260 after the property was found in violation of the city’s weed nuisance laws.

•approved an ordinance to rezone 7240 Trist Drive from C-2 to RG (garden home).

•approved an ordinance to adopt various appendices to the standardized codes relating to inspection activities and enforcement of building provisions.

•had the first readings of ordinances related to the Storm Water Management Authority for erosion and sediment control, illicit discharge and post construction.

•approved a resolution hiring Bill Casaday as a part-time assistant to Mayor Stan Hogeland. Hogeland said Casaday will assist him with grant proposals, as well as helping draw businesses to the city.

•approved a plan for the 2019 health and dental insurance for city employees. Under the plan, the city would cover 65 percent of the cost of health insurance for a family and 86 percent of the cost for a single insurer. The city would also cover 50 percent of the cost of dental insurance for a family and 90 percent of the cost for a single insurer.

•approved a one-time lump-sum payment to full- and part-time employees.

•approved the 2019 holiday schedule for the city.

•approved a resolution to promote Issac Cox to sergeant following the resignation of Brian Baker.

•approved a resolution for the first amendment of a purchase/sale agreement with Mansa Gardendale.

•approved a resolution to allow Hogeland to enter into a purchase sale agreement for 945 Grubbs Ave.

•approved a resolution to hire Triston Reid as a part-time seasonal laborer in the Public Works Department for a time not to exceed 12 weeks.

•approved a resolution for a right of way easement for Alabama Power along Flippo Parkway.

•approved a resolution for interlocal agreement for regional Jefferson County Outdoor Warning Siren System Maintenance. The cost for that is $400.

•heard from Hogeland that the construction company hopes to be able to reopen Fieldstown Road next week.

•heard from Hogeland that the plans for renovations to the Raceway property on Fieldstown Road have been submitted for approval.

•heard from Bree Dunn, magistrate supervisor, that the city will have “Amnesty Days” from Oct. 22-26 for people to take care of old business items with the Gardendale Court System without being arrested.

Rachel Davis is the editor and general manager of The North Jefferson News. She can be reached at or by calling 205.631.8716. 

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